Chubby Broads Get Married, Too

Various forms of media have, for decades, tried to convince us that love is for the attractive and thin, but we “normals” know the truth. Every so often chubby women do get proposed to, and sometimes the man on his knee is larger, too. And, yes, sometimes the one getting proposed to is not a woman, or the one proposing is not a man, but I digress…

On a good day, I consider myself “thick”; on a bad day, I’ll call myself fat. I am somewhere between “plus sized” and whatever we’re calling the alternative. “Minus sized”? “Regular Sized”? I am sure you all know what I am talking about. Insert your preferred term for non-plus-size here.

That middle ground feels like an odd place to be. On the one hand, it seems that many American women are roughly that size. On the other hand, it can often feel like we don’t exist: there are skinny women, there are plus-sized women, and, in between? I don’t know. There’s Amy Schumer having to justify why she should be allowed to play Barbie.

Being an in-betweener can make shopping for bridal gowns awkward. When I thought of applying to be on Say Yes to the Dress (Shut up. You’ve thought of it, too.), I just stared and stared at the question, “Are you a plus size bride?” Um, am I? I normally wear a size ten or twelve, which is probably a bridal 20, so, jeez, Kleinfeld… you tell me! (By the way, they ask for your dress size on the application).

I find it hard to imagine myself in the majestic, frothy creations available at stores like Kleinfeld. The bridal models tend to look like hangers with hair, and even the women in the “real brides” photos look like slightly-more-filled-out versions of the models. I have been able to try a few dresses on, but most samples won’t close all the way on me. From reading wedding forums, I know I am not alone.

One of Lazaro's Bridal Models

With that in mind, I’d like to commend the wedding-related companies that realize that chubby, portly, fat, zaftig—whatever—people get married, too. Thank you for showcasing those brides and grooms on your websites, your Instagram accounts, your Facebook timelines, and your Pinterest pages. Thank you for not being afraid to admit that, yes, we exist, and we like having beautiful weddings, too.

And, of course, when my wedding vendors want to visit that next frontier and feature a blind lady getting married, I am here.